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Editor’s note: This piece originally ran March 24, 2015, and highlights the gorgeous work of Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm. We subsequently wrote a profile of them here and featured another renovation of theirs here.

If you want to see what an incredible renovtion can do for a house, look no further than the 1960s ranch at 5823 Canterview Dr.

Located near N. Jim Miller Road and Interstate 30 in the Buckner Terrace neighborhood, this 3-3 underwent massive changes during the past six months. When Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton bought it, the property had been vacant for five years and was a total wreck—they called it “the zombie house.” The duo have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company, Barton-Graham Home&Design Firm.

Graham and Barton are both general contractors and interior decorators and they didn’t miss an inch in this reno. Their efforts paid off: This house went on the market March 13 and was under contract three days later, for the highest price-per-square-foot in the area. It is listed by Graham at William Davis Realty for $290,000.

The duo showed me some “before” pictures of this house and they are scary! It makes me appreciate their work all the more.

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The curb appeal on this North Oak Cliff flip went from boring and bland to modern and appealing.

For fans of home renovation television shows, today’s Tuesday Two Hundred will have a satisfying feel.

The house at 810 W. 12th St. has a great location, near Jefferson and Zang in North Oak Cliff, but was pretty much a dump when it sold in July for $93,000.

A clever investor swooped in, made massive changes and improvements, and it was listed eight days ago by Jesse Flores with JP & Associates, Realtors Frisco for $282,000.north oak cliff flipAs you’ll see from the “before” photos throughout this post, the place is hardly recognizable from its former state. It went from pitiful to pristine in just under three months.

The house has three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 1,938 square feet on two stories. The listing in July called it a “great investor’s opportunity,” and from the looks of the reno, they were correct. It has a clean, open feel, compared to cramped, dark, and dirty before. The reno doesn’t adhere to any one particular style, but all the elements work together to create a pleasant, inviting space.

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All photos of renovated house: Shoot2Sell

Casey Barton and Raymond E. Graham are real estate renaissance men, working their magic in East Dallas homes.

Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton in another Buckner Terrace renovation

Raymond E. Graham and Casey Barton in another Buckner Terrace renovation in April. Photo: Graham and Barton

The pair have been renovating and selling houses together for eight years and own the company Barton-Graham Home & Design Firm. They’re both general contractors and interior decorators, and Graham is a Realtor who in the process of earning his broker’s license. They’re all set up to offer comprehensive services to clients.

We’ve featured their phenomenal work here and here, and today’s Thursday Three Hundred is their newest renovation at 6229 N. Jim Miller Rd.

This house is in Buckner Terrace, specifically in the Lakeland Hills neighborhood, near John West and Buckner Boulevard. It is 1,860 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms (they added a sleek powder room).

If you need to be convinced of their talent, take a look at the before-and-after photos throughout this post. It went from “mawmaw” to mod in a whirlwind 11-week renovation. It’s even more impressive when you consider that the pair got married last week and completed this reno in the midst of planning a wedding! (Huge congratulations from us at CandysDirt!)

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6229 N. Jim Miller Rd. EXTERIOR BEFORE BNow, about the neighborhood. If you’re not familiar with Buckner Terrace, you should be: the real estate there is hot: Realtor Vince Leibowitz with LTZ & Co. Real Estate identified it as one of the city’s top emerging areas last year. In part, it was for access to White Rock Lake, the Arboretum, and other East Dallas awesomeness.

The neighborhood is full of pleasant one-story pier-and-beam houses built in the 1960s and 1970s. The lots tend to be bigger and price tags smaller than what you’d find in many other parts of East Dallas.

“It’s crazy to me that you can live within a mile or two from the lake and the Dallas Arboretum and buy a house in this price range,” said Barton. “In other parts of the city, this would be a $500,000-plus property.”

Graham listed the house yesterday for $325,000.

“We’re having an open house on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and I hope we will be reviewing offers that evening,” said Graham.

I think there’s a good chance they might see an offer before that, if past successes are an indication of their popularity with buyers. One of their Buckner Terrace renos went under contract in three days earlier this year!

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Oak Cliff Craftsman What a treat, to find a house this completely adorable and both beautifully maintained and remodeled. The North Oak Cliff Craftsman at 615 N. Clinton Ave. is the total package: location, curb appeal, personality, function, flow, and price. It’s our Thursday Three Hundred and it’ll knock your socks off.

Built in 1923, this bungalow is newly listed and offers three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and 2,298 square feet on two stories, huge for a home of this era. It’s one of the larger homes of its kind in the area.

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I mentioned the location, right? It’s in the heart of North Oak Cliff near Davis and Polk streets in the Kings Highway Conservation District. From here, you can walk to the Bishop Arts District, Kessler Theater, restaurants, and the Twelve Hills Nature Center, with its butterfly garden and a trail that runs the perimeter of its five acres through flowering native plants and shrubs.

The houses in this area were built primarily in the 1910s and 1920s. The most commonly represented styes are Craftsman, Prairie, Eclectic, and Tudor. It makes for an utterly delightful neighborhood with historic charm and memorable architecture.

The original list price in May was $435,000, reduced twice to its current list price, $385,000 (the listing agent is Melissa Oates with Allie Beth Allman). It’s currently under active open contract, so let’s enjoy a virtual tour before the final deal is closed.

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M-Streets Tudor

If you’ve always wanted to live in a home that looks like it belongs in a fairytale, then today’s Thursday Three Hundred is your wish come to market.

The M-Streets Tudor at 5355 McCommas Blvd. captivates with corner-lot curb appeal, from the steeply pitched roof and bright red door to stone-and-wood siding and arching shade trees. This 1946 house is pure romance and charm, both inside and out, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,485 square feet. It is listed by Julie Coats Frakes with Allie Beth Allman for $395,000.

Located just two blocks from Glencoe Park, it’s situated in a coveted neighborhood, on the northern edge of Greenland Hills. The picturesque streets are filled with historic revival houses, many of which are also Tudor-style versions of English cottages. This architectural continuity, along with the gently rolling hills and canopy of pecan and oak trees, makes for a congenial, enchanting feel.

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Oak Lawn townhome

These days, it’s pretty common to spot a great listing and watch it go under contract faster than you can say, “Jeeves, fetch me a Realtor!”

So when I spot an Oak Lawn townhome like the one at 3316 Hawthorne Ave. #3316, which has been on the market for 160 days, I have to scratch my head. It looks magazine-worthy, has over 2,000 square feet, and is located in a highly desirable neighborhood. So what gives?

This unit, in the Park Place Townhomes, is 2,025 square feet, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, three stories, a custom kitchen, plaster walls, private courtyard, hardwood floors, a private elevator, and oh, so much more. It is listed by Chris Pyle at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate for $394,900, or $194 per square foot.

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Looking at the neighborhood comparables, it’s on the high end—others sold for $131, $138, $167, and $184 per square foot. But another unit in the same Park Place Townhomes sold for a dollar more per square foot in December, and it has only 1,149 square feet.

Could it be the school district? This townhome is located in DISD, and nearby comparable properties located in Highland Park ISD sold for $197 to $254 per square foot. But the unit that sold for a dollar more per square foot is also in DISD. So the jury is out on that factor.

Mandatory monthly HOA fees of $1,117 are on the hefty side, and do not appear to include utilities, so that is a potential issue that might be dissuading buyers. But it’s not an unheard-of amount for this area.

Let’s take a look inside and you tell us your opinion on today’s Thursday Three Hundred.

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Kessler Cottage

North Oak Cliff is one of Dallas’ oldest established neighborhoods and it’s full of community gems, from multiple annual festivals and historic districts to family friendly outdoor areas and a streetcar system newly revived earlier this month.

Its diversity of architecture is one of its most appealing aspects for those who live there—the range of styles and eras makes for distinct, memorable neighborhoods with a range of options for homeowners.

Today’s Tuesday Two Hundred is a West Kessler cottage at at 638 Tenna Loma Ct.—the neighborhood is bounded by Stevens Park Golf Course on the north, Davis Street on the south, Hampton Road on the west, and the Twelve Hills Nature Center to the east.

West Kessler is one of North Oak Cliff’s marvelous neighborhoods, home to about 150 households. You’ll find lots of late-1930s Tudor cottages, as well as newer Austin stone-and-brick houses in traditional and ranch styles.

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One of many stained glass insets throughout this West Kessler cottage, located in the entryway.

This 1941 Tenna Loma cottage has 1,381 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom. It harmoniously marries vintage charm, like original light fixtures and stained glass insets, with modern updates, like stainless steel appliances and granite counters in the kitchen.

It is listed by Ged Dipprey at Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and recently reduced $6,000 to $279,000.

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Lakewood cottage

All photos: Shoot2Sell

The M-Streets in Lakewood is a highly coveted neighborhood, with charming architecture, tree-lined streets, and a fantastic close-to-everything location.

Today’s Thursday Three Hundred at 6335 Malcolm Dr. is everything you’d hope for in an M-Streets house, with darling curb appeal, a cozy interior with hardwoods, and a right-sized backyard with a deck. This 1940s traditional is located in the Wilshire Heights neighborhood near Abrams Road and E. Mockingbird Lane and is listed by Robin Norcross with Nathan Grace Real Estate for $389,000 (lowered $10,000 this week).

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It is not a large house, at 1,246 square feet, but the interior layout makes good use of the space and, as Norcross pointed out to me, several of the neighboring houses have second-story additions built on, which is a possibility for this house, as well. I personally think the smaller footprint is an appealing aspect of this Lakewood cottage, especially when you consider the guest quarters in back (a full bedroom and bathroom).

Another big draw for this house is its elementary school: it is zoned for Stonewall Jackson in Dallas ISD, which has a GreatSchools Rating of 10, the highest-possible score.

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